International Student Graduate Application Information

For quick reference:

Application Deadlines
Application Requirements
How to Submit Materials
English Proficiency Requirement 
SEVIS Requirements and Information
How to Pay the Application Fee
Wish to have your decision (including I-20 form) sent to you via Express Mail?

Postal Mailing Address to which all materials should be mailed:

The Graduate School
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount
Wichita KS  67260-0004

Please note - if you wish to send something to us using an express mailing service, such as Fedex, UPS, DHL, etc., please use this address:

Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount
Jardine Hall, Room 107
The Graduate School, 316-978-3095
Wichita KS  67260-0004

Institutional Code for test scores:   6884

Detailed Information for International Applicants:

In order to apply for Graduate School, International applicants must submit the following documents by the published deadline for the intended semester of admission:

-Application for admission.

-US$ 65.00 Application fee.  This fee is non refundable and cannot be waived or deferred.  Students may submit the application and application fee online through our online application system, or may submit a paper application.  If submitting a paper application, payment can be made through check/bank draft, or International money order.  Checks or bank drafts must be made payable through a U.S. bank, which must be noted on the front of the check or bank draft.  Checks, bank drafts or money orders should be made payable to WSU Graduate School. 

-Official/Attested marksheets or transcripts from all schools attended past High School.

-Official/Attested degree certificate or provisional degree certificate.

-Photocopy of the pages of your passport that show your picture and full name.

-Any departmental requirements that may be in addition to the Graduate School requirements listed above.  If you are unsure if your program has additional requirements, follow the Graduate Programs link and click on the program name to read the fact sheet on the program, which will indicate any additional requirements. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required materials are submitted in a timely fashion.

HOW TO SUBMIT MATERIALS:  Supporting documents at this time are to be sent in through mail or courier - we currently do not accept electronic copies of application materials aside from the application form itself, nor do we have a portal to allow upload of documents.  If your program requires a statement of purpose or letters of recommendation, you may mail those in with your transcript materials, or email them directly to the coordinator of the program.  You can find the coordinator name and contact information by following the Graduate Programs link mentioned in the previous paragraph. 

The following items are not required by the application deadline, but are required if the student is found admissible:

-Complete and print a Certification of Financial Support

-Official, acceptable TOEFL Score, IELTS score, OR successful completion of levels 1 - 7 of our Intensive English Language program, with acceptable grades.

For more details about these required materials and the admissions process in general, please refer to the sections below.

International application requires the submission of the Wichita State University Graduate Application, a non-refundable US$65 application fee, and mark sheets or transcripts of your academic work.  Upon receipt of these items, your application will be reviewed for academic admissibility.  Applicants must also demonstrate sufficient English proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) and resources (WSU Certification of Financial Support) to support their graduate work while in the United States.  All of these items may be submitted in your application packet (test scores must come from the appropriate testing agency); or you may provide the TOEFL/IELTS and Certification of Financial Support after submitting your application materials.

Applications will be reviewed once the application, application fee and acceptable mark sheets or transcripts and degree certification are received.  If found admissible, the I-20 form will not be issued until an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score and WSU Certification of Financial Support are also received.

Graduate programs with the exception of Social Work, Nursing, and Physician Assistant will evaluate international applicants based upon official transcripts or mark sheets through the equivalent of the 1st semester of the applicant's final year of study toward the degree.  In most instances, this will be the 7th semester of study.  For international students on a yearly program, this will be the 6th semester.

In such instances, applicants who are recommended for admission, and who have met all other admission requirements, (including the submission of an acceptable TOEFL/IELTS score and WSU Certification of Financial Support) will be notified of their admission and issued the I-20 form.  Students admitted in this manner, must provide the remaining transcript or mark sheet and the degree certification statement or diploma by the end of their first semester of enrollment as a graduate student at WSU.  Students who fail to meet this final requirement will be shown as "Out of Status" and will be reported to the university's Office of International Education.

Our Apply On-Line feature allows for the submission of your application and application fee.  An acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score report must be forwarded from the appropriate testing service office.  Official mark sheets or transcripts must be provided by your college or university.  All applications must also include a photocopy of the pages from your passport which shows your photo and your full name.  Your application should reflect your name as it appears on your passport.  If you do not yet hold a passport, the name you use on your application must match your name as it will appear on your passport.  All applicants without a passport at the time of application, must submit a passport size photo. You will also need to submit an acceptable WSU Certification of Financial Support form.  

Because of possible limitations in the number of faculty and available facilities, there are restrictions on the number of students admitted to some graduate programs and these limits may prevent some qualified students from being admitted.  Since departments having enrollment limitations generally take action on new applications in March for Fall admission, early application is recommended.  Check our deadlines page for additional information about deadlines for application, which could vary depending upon the program.

Express Mail Option - students who wish to pay an additional $60.00 may request their decision sent to them by express mail (usually FEDEX or DHL).  This fee is in addition to the application fee, and is completely optional.  It is not refundable, however.  Should a student be denied admission, the decision will be sent to the student by express mail.  If the student is admitted, the I-20 and admissions documents will be sent by express mail.  Please be aware that this option does NOT speed the processing of the application - it is only a means to have decision information sent to the student by express mail.  Students applying online can select the option to pay the application and express mailing fee at the same time.  Students applying by paper should send a check or money order for the full amount - $125 ($65 application fee and $60 express mail fee).  Students who have already applied and wish to now request that their decision be sent to them by express mail should either send in a check or money order for the fee amount ($60), or can visit our online payment site to pay by credit or debit card. 

English Proficiency Requirement:

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit official, acceptable scores for either the TOEFL, or the Academic Module of the IELTS examination.  To be acceptable, the score must be sent to WSU directly from the testing agency, and must be less than two years old.  Photocopies of score reports are unacceptable.  The minimum acceptable scores for most programs are:  TOEFL – 79 on the Internet-based test, or 550 on the paper-based test.  IELTS – minimum overall band score of 6.5 is required.  Alternately, students can apply to be admitted to our Intensive English Language program for assistance in achieving the necessary level of English proficiency.  Students completing the Intensive English program at WSU may establish English proficiency by achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in Levels 1 through 6, and a grade of “B+” or higher in Level 7.  Some programs do have higher requirements for English proficiency.  Please refer to the table below for specific information.  Programs with higher requirements may still require students to achieve these scores even if they complete the IELC coursework as described above. 


Program   TOEFL (PBT)   TOEFL (IBT)   IELTS       
Business    570    88   7.0
Communication    600    100   7.5 
Creative Writing    600    100   7.5 
English    600    100   7.5 
Executive MBA   570   88   7.0
History    600    100   7.5 
Physical Therapy    600    100   7.5 
Public Administration    575    88   7.0 


The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is administered through the Educational Testing Service located in Princeton, New Jersey.  Applicants wishing to have TOEFL scores sent to Wichita State University should use the WSU Institutional code of 6884.  Institutional TOEFL scores from institutions other than Wichita State University will not be accepted.  Please note that IELTS results must be sent to WSU directly from an IELTS Testing Center. We cannot accept any score report that was originally issued to the student.  Applicants who wish to enroll in WSU's Intensive English Program as part of the admission to graduate school, must apply directly to the Intensive English program and must either successfully achieve the required TOEFL/IELTS score or achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in Levels 1 through 6, and a grade of “B+” or higher in Level 7 of the WSU Intensive English Language program before they will be allowed to enroll in their graduate program.  Please note that if you wish to be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistant position, you must achieve a score of 23 or higher on the Speaking portion of the Internet Based TOEFL, OR achieve a score of 7.0 or higher on the Speaking portion of the IELTS exam, to meet one of the spoken English proficiency requirements for those hired for GTA positions. Scores must be less than two years old. Currently, completion of Intensive English levels cannot be used to demonstrate the spoken English proficiency required to hold a Graduate Teaching Assistant position.

Certification of Financial Support form for International Graduate Students:

Immigration law requires documented evidence that students have sufficient financial resources to cover the cost of their educational program.  The Certification of Financial Support is the form Wichita State University uses to meet this requirement.  The form requires the signature of the applicant’s financial sponsor or sponsors and verification by each sponsor’s banking institution.  Please note that the figures stated on the Certification of Financial Support form are an estimate only and are subject to change.  If you are being awarded any financial aid from Wichita State University and the Graduate School has been notified, this information will be included on the I-20 or DS-2019 form.

 Information Regarding Transcripts from Foreign Institutions:

You are required to provide two copies of the official, confidential mark sheet or transcript for each institution (undergraduate and graduate) which you have attended.  Transcripts must be in confidential, signed-across-the-seal envelopes provided by the registrar at each institution. Mark sheets and transcripts must provide a listing, year-by-year, of all courses taken and the grade or marks received for each listing.  It is helpful to have the grading scale of the institution and the student's rank in class when such information is available.

Mark sheets or transcripts must bear an official signature in ink of the appropriate official of each institution, such as the Registrar or Recorder of Records.  The document must also bear the official seal.  If your college or university will not provide official academic documents, exact copies that have been verified as "Certified True Copies" by the appropriate institutional official of each institution will be acceptable.  All documents not in English must be accompanied by official English translations.  The translations must bear an official ink signature and seal.  Personal copies of academic records will not be accepted.

If your transcript or mark sheet does not indicate the award of a bachelor's degree or its four-year equivalent degree, official copies of your degree statement, provisional certificate, or diploma will be required.  The degree certification must include the date that the degree was awarded.

Links to helpful sites for international students:

WSU's Office of International Education
WSU's Intensive English Center
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Things to Remember When Applying for a Student Visa